Custer State Park with over 71,000 acres provides varied and diverse year-round opportunities for enjoyment. Custer State Park is well known nationally and draws visitors in excess of 1.9 million annually. The quality and nature of visitor’s experience, their perception of Custer State Park and their willingness to return for future visits are all influenced by the their experiences at the visitor centers and historic sites of the park. The interpretive program operates two visitor centers, one outdoor education center, and two historical sites. https://gfp.sd.gov/parks/detail/custer-state-park/
The park naturalist will assist other staff by performing a variety of duties such as developing, schedules, conducts, and directs others presenting environmental and nature education courses and workshops; designs and produces interpretive exhibits and displays; and recruits, trains, and retains volunteers to make presentations and conduct classes and workshops encouraging Game, Fish and Parks facility use.
Additionally, the park naturalist will present interactive, creative, age-appropriate, onsite and offsite environmental educational programs throughout the year, as well as develop new and innovative programing for the park.
This position would be expected to develop educational courses by planning and writing scripts, preparing lesson outlines, and preparing displays and exhibits to enhance the opportunities offered including but not limited to:
This position will also assist in presenting a large number and variety of field trips to surrounding schools. The naturalist would develop schedules for workshops, exhibits, and interpretive activities to ensure the availability of classes at effective times.
The naturalist would also assist fellow naturalist in conducting workshops, nature walks, and tours to local visitors and schools. Programs would include but are not limited to:
This naturalist position would also be responsible for maintaining the visitor centers and other buildings. Items would include:
If you possess a National Career Readiness Certificate, please submit the certificate with your application. For more information on how to acquire a National Career Readiness Certificate contact a South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Job Service Office. A certificate is not necessary to be considered.
The Ideal Candidate Will Have:
A bachelor’s degree in Interpretation, education, environmental sciences, biology or related fields is preferred.
VETERANS' PREFERENCE ELIGIBLE
The State of South Dakota offers paid employee health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation leave accrual, and medical, dental, vision, and other benefits. For more information visit http://bhr.sd.gov/workforus/workbenefits.aspx
Close Date 06/22/2018
Apply at: http://bhr.sd.gov/workforus
South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
500 East Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501-5070
Telephone: 605.773.3148 Fax: 605.773.4344
"An Equal Opportunity Employer"
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